Buju, Beres, Luciano

Buju, Beres, Luciano

Redemption 8- A Night of Music, Magic & Mishaps

Written by: Nekisha 'Neicy' Cyrus

The Magic of Reggae Music prevails once again at Redemption the concert.
On Saturday 6th May 2023, the Queen’s Park Savannah came alive once again to house some of Reggae’s music living legends at the 8th installment of the Redemption concert series. This year’s cast was definitely one for the books as the headliner Reggae’s Gargamel himself, Buju Banton; lovers rock favorite, Beres Hammond; Luciano – the Messenger himself with Positive Reggae music; and the Conscious Lyricist, Anthony B, all representing  Jamaica, while the lone Trinidadian reggae ranger, Black Loyalty opened the show.
Though the night was a mixture of musical magic and mishaps, according to our Redemption concertgoers who shared their memorable experiences and complaints via social media, Caribbean Entertainment Hub was there to bring some of the memorable highlights of the night.
Kicking off the performances of the night was Black Loyalty who brought his mom on stage with a beautiful serenade highlighting Mother’s Day which is right around the corner.
Luciano then followed bringing the energy and vibes as he usually does. Patrons truly appreciated the positivity and Black Jamaican Joy as one fan highlighted singing many of his beloved hits as the crowd sang along.
Hitting the stage next was Beres Hammond, who continues to surprise music lovers with his classic hits and timeless voice as he still sounds the same today as he did years ago when his songs first came out. Leaving many to question what is his secret. Regardless the crowd was surely here for it, as he has been a Redemption regular over the past years.
And the moment many have been waiting for finally came as headliner, Buju Banton took to the stage dressed in a jacket that showcased both the Trinidadian and Jamaican flag, as a sign of unity which was received with love. Buju brought it all and left it on the stage as evidenced by his sweat…lol. He took his fans on a trip down memory lane with some epic moments as he was also joined on stage by Beres Hammond giving patrons a reggae moment for the books. Buju also showed off his whining skills as seen from time to time during his 90-minute performance set.
And lastly, Anthony B (who many thought was a no-show due to flight delays from France) finally graced the stage around 3am after many patrons had already left the event due to the late run of the show. However, many fans of Anthony B who stayed back said that he was worth the wait.
Overall, according to reviews from patrons at the concert, the musical cast definitely delivered. However, many patrons were disappointed by promoters in terms of the customer service and issues met at the event. Many complained about the long-time lapse between performances, poor customer service, long lines to limited toilet facilities and bars, and patrons not being permitted entry by fire officials for safety reasons due to the event reaching its capacity.
Redemption promoter, Tropix Entertainment, later took to their social media to issue this statement:
‘Organizers of Redemption 8 wish to thank you, the patrons, for your patience and understanding shown throughout the night and into the morning, amid the issues observed and shared. A concert of this magnitude always comes with many, many lessons, which assist in planning for future events. Your words and concerns have not fallen on deaf ears.
Our aim has, over the years been to provide Trinidad and Tobago with a distinguished cast of artistes who preach love, peace, brotherhood and positivity. We truly believe that that in itself was accomplished, despite it all. Thank you for coming out and standing as one people in the gap for those who do not understand positive energy and the need for it, especially at a time like this in our nation’s history.
We encourage you to be your brother’s keeper, lift up our nation in prayer and stand firm for righteousness and love. On behalf of the Redemption team, blessings and peace’ 🙏🏾❤️🫵🏾

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